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US: Senate Dashes Hope of $2000 Stimulus Checks,Links It With Two Key Demands of Trump

United States Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, said on Wednesday that the chamber would not consider the issue of larger stimulus checks separately from two other demands issued by President Trump, which are, the investigation of election security and the removal of legal protections for social media platforms. This decision has dashed hopes for larger checks to increase to $2,000.

Mitch McConnell, said their fate would remain tied to measures on election security and social media that President Trump has championed.

“Here’s the deal: The Senate is not going to split apart the three issues that President Trump linked together just because Democrats are afraid to address two of them. A stand-alone bill to increase the payments, has “no realistic path to quickly pass the Senate.” he said

President Trump signed a $900 billion stimulus package after holding it hostage for days and demanding that lawmakers increase the size of direct payments to $2,000 from $600, remove a legal shield for tech companies, and investigate “very substantial voter fraud” in the 2020 election, a baseless claim he has continued to repeat.

House Democrats seized on the demand for larger checks and passed a bipartisan bill increasing the payments on Monday.

On Wednesday, Mr. McConnell accused Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, saying “They’re hoping everyone just forgets about election integrity and big tech,” he said. “They’re desperate to ignore those two parts of President Trump’s request.”

The decision to link the three demands in a single bill, however, all but ensures that it will not pass.

Senate Republicans have shown little interest in turning the president’s demand for larger stimulus checks into a reality, citing concerns about their costs and efficacy.

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